Rawalpindi: DG ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar has said that with the support of the nation we will always defend the motherland against all threats.
On the occasion of repulsing the Indian aggression on February 27, 2019, and inflicting heavy losses on the enemy, DG ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar said in his tweet that February 27, 2019, is the day of renewal of Pakistan Armed Forces. With the support of the nation, we will always defend the motherland against all dangers.
The Pakistan Army spokesman further said that Pakistan stands for peace-loving country and peace but when the time comes, every challenge will be answered with full force.
On the other hand, Prime Minister Imran Khan also said in his tweet that as a responsible nation, we responded in a timely manner with full commitment and Pakistan proved its responsible attitude to the whole world. We have shown responsibility by sending back the Indian pilot, we have always stood for peace and we are ready to move forward to resolve all disputes through dialogue. I welcome the ceasefire on the Line of Control (LoC).
Background to the February 27, 2019 incident
A suicide attack on an Indian Central Reserve Police Force bus in Pulwama district of Occupied Kashmir on February 14, 2019 killed 44 Indian personnel. India blamed Pakistan, but Pakistan categorically denied the allegations.
Prime Minister Imran Khan had offered to co-operate in the investigation if India provided “actionable information” and warned that Pakistan would retaliate if India carried out any aggression.
On February 26, India claimed that its planes had entered Pakistani territory and destroyed an alleged terrorist camp in Balakot, killing hundreds of terrorists when in fact, in the dark of night, Indian planes landed in an empty space. He threw his bomb and fled.
Pakistan vowed to respond to the Indian incursion in full and in broad daylight. Two Pakistan Air Force JF-17 Thunder aircraft entered Indian territory on February 27 to respond.
Indian F-16s crossed the LOC in pursuit of Pakistani planes and Pakistani Shaheens shot down two Indian planes in mid-air.
A statement issued by the Pakistan Army on the incident said that the Pakistan Air Force had shot down two Indian fighter jets violating Pakistani airspace. One Indian fighter jet crashed in occupied Kashmir while another crashed in Pakistan’s Azad Kashmir region and the Pakistani army arrested an Indian pilot.
The identity of the arrested Indian pilot, Wing Commander, has just been revealed. Which Pakistan handed over to India as a gesture of goodwill.